Catoctin Creek Distilling Company

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Coordinates: 39°08′11.5″N 77°42′54″W / 39.136528°N 77.71500°W / 39.136528; -77.71500

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, LLC
Private
Industry Manufacturing of Distilled Spirits
Founded Purcellville, Virginia, U.S., 2009
Founder Scott and Rebecca Harris
Headquarters Purcellville, Virginia, U.S.
Products Distilled spirits
Owner Scott and Rebecca Harris
Number of employees
18
Website catoctincreekdistilling.com
Catoctin Creek Distillery, at the historic Case Building in Old Town Purcellville, Virginia

The Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (ka-TOK-tən), also known as Catoctin Creek Distillery, or just Catoctin Creek, is the first legal distillery in Loudoun County, Virginia since prohibition.[1] The distillery is a certified organic and kosher[2] microdistillery in Purcellville, Virginia that produces brandy, rye whiskey,[3] and gin from local fruit, organic grain and Virginia wine.[4]

The distillery was founded in 2009 by Scott and Rebecca Harris[5] using an SBA 7(a) loan for start-up capital.[6] The company operates using custom-made 400 and 1200 liter Kothe hybrid pot-column stills.[7]

In the 2011 session of the Virginia General Assembly, the company sought approval to sell its spirits at the distillery. Virginia Senate Bill 1249 passed both the Senate and the House of Delegates and was then signed by Governor Bob McDonnell on March 26, 2011, allowing direct bottle-sales to the public from the distillery.[8] With the prior year's passage of 2010 House of Delegate Bill 952, the company now provides tastings at their distillery store, in a fashion similar to wineries within the state.[9]

In 2012, the distillery purchased the historic Case Building (built 1921) on Main Street in Purcellville, and renovated the building as the home of their new distillery. Renovations included structural repair to the roof, complete electrical upgrade, new plumbing systems, fire sprinklers, a new tasting room, extensive masonry repair, and a 41kWh solar array.[10][11][12]

In 2017, the distillery announced a new minority partner and investor, Constellation Brands of Victor, New York. In a company press release, Rebecca Harris, the co-founder and chief distiller, stated the reasoning behind the investment: "In order to expand our production and portfolio, we needed the right partner for the next level of growth. Constellation has a strong commitment to this category..."[13] Scott and Rebecca Harris, the co-founders, remain the majority owners and managers of the business.

Spirits produced[edit]

The potstills and mash tun at Catoctin Creek Distillery

Awards[edit]

  • Roundstone Rye
    • Gold medal for Cask Proof, American Whiskey Masters, 2016[14]
    • Gold medal for Cask Proof, Wizards of Whisky Awards, 2016
    • Gold medal for 92 Proof, New York World Wine and Spirits Competition, 2015[15]
    • Gold medal for Cask Proof, Wizards of Whisky Awards, 2015[16]
    • Silver medal for 92 Proof, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2015[17]
    • Silver medal for 92 Proof, Wizards of Whisky Awards, 2015[18]
    • Gold medal for rye whiskey, Artisan Awards, 2014[19]
    • Gold medal for rye whiskey, The Fifty Best, 2014[20]
    • Bronze medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2013
    • Bronze medal, American Distilling Institute, 2013
    • Gold seal, Good Food Awards, 2013[21]
    • Gold medal for rye whiskey, The Fifty Best, 2012[22]
    • Silver medal and best in category for aged rye whiskey, American Distilling Institute, 2011[23]
    • Silver medal (87 - highly recommended) for rye whiskey, Beverage Testing Institute, 2011[24]
    • Silver medal for aged craft distillery less than two years (less than $40), New York International Spirits Competition, 2010[25]
  • Mosby's Spirit
    • Bronze medal and best in category for un-aged rye whiskey, American Distilling Institute, 2011[26]
    • Strong recommendation (87 - very good), American Whiskey, Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2011[27]
    • Silver medal (85 - highly recommended) for unaged whiskey, Beverage Testing Institute, 2011[28]
    • Silver medal for unaged craft distillery (less than $40), New York International Spirits Competition, 2010[29]
    • Bronze medal for unaged whiskey, American Distilling Institute, 2010[30]
  • Watershed Gin
    • Gold medal (91 - exceptional) for gin, Beverage Testing Institute, 2011[31]
    • Silver medal for Gin, New York International Spirits Competition, 2011[32]
  • Regional Food and Beverage Producer - 2015 RAMMY Awards, Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) [33]
  • Virginia's Finest - Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services[34]
  • 2012 Small Business of the Year - Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce[35]
  • 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year and Rural Business of the Year - Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce[36]
  • Made in the South 2010 Awards - Garden and Gun magazine[37]

Distribution[edit]

Catoctin Creek is distributed in the United States in the following states:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia

Catoctin Creek is distributed internationally in:

  • Australia
  • Europe (predominantly Germany and the United Kingdom)
  • Hong Kong
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Singapore

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First legal distillery in Loudoun to open since prohibition", Rachel Leon, Loudoun Times Mirror, May 5, 2010.
  2. ^ "Pure of Spirit: Catoctin Creek gives birth to organic, kosher liquor", Tasting Table website, posted May 11, 2010.
  3. ^ "Spirits: Craft whiskey distillers are over a barrel", Jason Wilson, Washington Post, May 19, 2010. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Wildcatting at Catoctin Creek Distillery", Proof66.com website, posted May 28, 2010.
  5. ^ "Meet the Makers", Matt Colglazier, American Craft Spirits, September 20, 2010
  6. ^ "Sour Year for SBA Loans Ends in Uptick", Emily Maltby, Wall Street Journal, October 2, 2009
  7. ^ "NBC Nightly News: A Start Up ... with a twist!", NBC Nightly News, June 2, 2010.
  8. ^ Virginia 2011 "Senate Bill 1249".
  9. ^ Virginia 2010 "House of Delegates Bill 952".
  10. ^ WTOP.com "Local distillery drinks in the sun"
  11. ^ Northern Virginia Magazine "Greenprints".
  12. ^ Leesburg Today, "Mid-July Opening Slated for Catoctin Creek's New Purcellville Distillery", June 20, 2013.
  13. ^ "Press Release: Constellation Brands Invests in Virginia's Catoctin Creek Distillery", January 5, 2017
  14. ^ "The Spirits Business, August 2016", August 2, 2016
  15. ^ ""NY World Wine and Spirits Competition, 2015", September 11, 2015
  16. ^ "Wizards of Whisky Awards, 2015", January 30, 2015
  17. ^ "San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2015", March 30, 2015
  18. ^ "Wizards of Whisky Awards, 2015", January 30, 2015
  19. ^ "Artisan Awards, Rye Whiskey, 2014", October 20, 2014
  20. ^ "The Fifty Best, Rye Whiskey, 2014", September 21, 2014
  21. ^ "The Good Food Awards Finalists, 2013", December 4, 2012
  22. ^ "The Fifty Best, Rye Whiskey, 2012", September 21, 2012
  23. ^ "American Distilling Institute Whiskey Competition, 2011", April 8, 2011
  24. ^ "Beverage Testing Institute, 2011", February 24, 2011
  25. ^ "New York International Spirits Competition, 2010", November 22, 2010
  26. ^ "American Distilling Institute Whiskey Competition, 2011", April 8, 2011
  27. ^ "Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2011", March 16, 2011
  28. ^ "Beverage Testing Institute, 2011", February 24, 2011
  29. ^ "New York International Spirits Competition, 2010", November 22, 2010
  30. ^ "ADI 2010 Artisanal Whiskey Competition", Drinking The World, posted May 7, 2010
  31. ^ "Beverage Testing Institute, 2011", July 27, 2011
  32. ^ "New York International Spirits Competition, 2011", November 28, 2011
  33. ^ "2015 RAMMY Award Winners", June 7, 2015
  34. ^ "Virginia's Finest Program", May 13, 2013
  35. ^ "Chamber Honors Loudoun Small Businesses", Loudoun Times Mirror, November 12, 2012
  36. ^ "Catoctin Creek Wins Twice at Chamber Small Business Awards Ceremony", Leesburg Today, November 3, 2011
  37. ^ "Made in the South Awards 2010", Garden and Gun magazine, December 2010/January 2011 issue

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